32 Trendy Bald Fade Haircut Ideas for Men Right Now

Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

What is a Bald Fade Haircut?

The bald fade haircut is a faded hairstyle that features longer hair on top and short back and sides, usually shaved down to the skin (bald). The fade refers to the smooth transition from the top of the hair to the neckline, with the hair going down to skin level. Precise blending is used when creating the bald fade.

How to Cut a Bald Fade with Clippers?

When doing bald fade haircuts, it’s essential to know where the fade would start. This distinguishes which guard size to utilize.

Use clippers to remove extra bulk from the hair on the sides and the back area. Some stylists also use shears when removing a lot of lengths. To achieve the seamless and natural-looking fade, changing the size of the clippers or the guard would do the trick.

Bald Fade vs Skin Fade

A bald fade and skin fade are the same. Both refer to the skin around the sides and nape being cut so short that it appears bald and skin is completely visible.

This is the one that delivers the high contrast effect between your skin and hair color, which is the reason why this fade is of the more popular styles. A cool benefit of this contemporary bald haircut is that it can prolong the time between barber sessions, as it will take a while before your hair grows out again from bare skin. Another is that it has very low upkeep and can lessen the amount of hair you need to style while still keeping an impressive look.

Before your next haircut, check out these pictures of the best bald fade haircuts!

Beard Fade + Line Up + Bald Fade for Men
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#1: Beard Fade + Line Up + Bald Fade

If you love clean, sharp styles, try the beard fade with a lineup and bald fade combo. This style will leave you feeling great. It’s ideal if you prefer a low-maintenance hair routine. For a textured, spiked look, follow these steps. Start with a quick blow-dry. Then, apply STMNT Grooming Clay from roots to ends. This masculine hairstyle suits any hair type. It can even hide a receding hairline. Go ahead and give it a try!

Bald Faded with a V-Cut Back for Guys
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#2: Bald Faded with a V-Cut Back

If you’re looking for a clean-cut hairstyle that offers a little bit of edge, ask for this bald faded haircut with a v-cut back. From the front, this look resembles a normal, high bald fade with a low cut on top. When viewed from the side, it shows a faux hawk shape creating a distinct, edgy look. This hairstyle needs little styling because its shape maintains the style. You should visit the barbershop every 2 weeks to keep this look.

Crew Cut with Bald Mid Fade for Guys

#3 Crew Cut with Bald Mid Fade

This crew cut with bald mid fade style suits almost all cuts, short or long. Look dapper with cleaned-up sides like in this cut to level up your hair game.

Bald Drop Fade for Guys

#4 Bald Drop Fade

This bald drop fade haircut features a smooth finish to complement any trendy hairstyle this season.

Bald Fades for Black Men
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#5: Bald Fade for Black Men

Precision is key to getting that outstanding shape like this bald fade for black men. Have your hair cut short and close to the scalp for a clean and professional appearance.

Skin Faded with a Long Blonde Top for Men
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#6: Skin Faded with a Long Blonde Top

Hair colors for men have gained popularity over time. Now, using these, you can change your look dramatically. The hair has a long blonde top paired with a high skin fade. We have cut the top short for maximum length and growth. To achieve this style, I recommend applying some sea salt spray, drying your hair, and then using finishing hairspray.

Men's Sharp Bald Fade for Thick Hair
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#7: Sharp Bald Fade for Thick Hair

When it comes to men’s hairstyles, a sharp bald fade for thick hair offers a sleek and modern look. A sharp bald fade maintains longer hair on top while the sides are cut shorter, creating a striking contrast. The versatility of the sharp bald fade allows you to choose between lowmidhigh, or skin fades to suit your preference. One of the benefits of this haircut is the slimming effect it provides, enhancing your overall facial features. To add some texture to your hair, you can ask your stylist to incorporate point cutting. If possible, blow-dry your hair using a vented brush to create a neat and polished daily look.

Bald Fade with a Long Pomp-Style Top for Guys with thick hair
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#8: Long Pomp-Style Top

The bald fade with a long pomp-style top is a modern and stylish haircut option for men with thick hair. This haircut features a gradual fade on the sides. They start with a shorter length near the ears and taper down to the skin. The longer hair on top is then styled into a pompadour. This creates a bold contrast and adds volume to the overall look. I recommend a styling cream such as Hans De Fuko Scheme Cream. This will help you style daily by adding a satin finish texture and a medium hold.

Bald Fade with a Disconnected Top for Men with a beard and handsome style
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#9: Bald Fade with a Disconnected Top

What’s more classic than this bald fade with a disconnected top? Handsome, timeless, and possibly the best haircut in terms of styling – very easy! For best results, I recommend avoiding cutting the top too short. This will help to maintain disconnection between the sides and the top. Style with a pomade or a gel for best results.

#10: Precision Cut Bald Fade

If you need a clean men’s crew cut with some edge, give this precision-cut bald fade a try! My advice to maintain this haircut is to ask for the top texturized. It will give you easier styling. Visit the barber at least every 4 weeks to maintain the shape of this cut.

#11: Clean Skin Fade with a Beard

The best thing about dark hair is that you can get a clean skin fade that works really well with a beard. This high fade has been taken down to the skin and blended tightly into the top, and if you have dense hair, you can get a super clean finish. The top has been textured, one of the best ways to tell your barber that you want a textured finish is to ask for it to be point cut. This is a great style to choose for easy styling.

#12: Mid Bald Fade for Curly Hair

A mid bald fade works really well for a curly hair type. It has been faded tightly around the base and blended up into the thick curls on top. The fade will need refreshing every 2-3 weeks but the top wont need cutting everytime. Most product will work with this style, but a good pomade will add definition to the curls.

#13: Brushed Forward Bald Fade

The bald fade, when brushed forward, is a European hairstyle for men that has been around for years. Make this style last all day by pairing it with the Paul Mitchell Reformer Pomade.

Bald Fade Mohawk
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#14: Bald Fade Mohawk

How else can you rock this bald fade mohawk hairstyle if not with a neatly shaved side? This allows you to acquire more shape on top of your head to style.

the butch cut bald fade
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#15: The Butch Cut

The butch cut, also known as a bald fade, is a faded haircut where the sides are reduced right down to skin level. Try adding in an etched design to showcase some contrast.

Bald fade blowout for men
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#16: Bald Fade Blowout

A bald fade blowout is a great option if interested in a mohawk-type style. Fading everything from the temple to behind the ears, gives a bald fade blowout a decent amount of time between cuts. Ideal style for teens and young adults.

Bald Temp Fade
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#17: Afro Temple Bald Fade with Beard

Flaunt your natural texture with this bald fade afro. Achieve this by cleaning your temples to the skin between a beard and the top hair for a sharp and neat vibe. Pairing this afro bald fade with a beard creates a casual yet striking finish that most gents will love.

#18: Bald Fade with Design

The bald fade with design is a clean look on the sides and a perfect partner for any hairstyle. Add on a cool shaved pattern for a noteworthy look.

What’s best about this bald fade with hair design is that it works on any hair length and type.

High Bald Fade
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#19: High Bald Fade

Give your hair an instant refreshing feel with a high bald fade so your hair will look neater and less ragged. Much like a pompadour, this style can definitely be eye-catching.

#20: Full Bald Fade Undercut

This is a fashionable and versatile full bald fade hairstyle that can be mixed with any casual style for an impressive result. The contrast it offers is just so remarkable.

High Top Bald Fade for Long Hair
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#21: High Top Bald Fade for Long Hair

High fades bring attention to the top section of hair. High top bald fade hairstyles are ideal for men with longer hair because it allows you to get a fresh look while keeping your length intact. Combining longer hair and a skin fade creates a unique style.

Bald Taper Fade with Hard Part
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#22: Bald Taper Fade with Hard Part

If you’re going for a subtle and classy look, go with bald taper fade with a hard part. It’s great for a business setting or any day you wanna look like a handsome gentleman.

#23: Bald Fade with Textured Crop

Combine the textured messy top with a modern, clean shave, and you’ll get this outstanding skin fade haircut with a dope style. This works on men with thin hair as it creates a fuller-looking outcome. When styling this bald fade with textured crop hair, use a small amount of gel for a shinier, sleek finish.

Bald Skin Fade for Dudes
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#24: Bald Skin Fade

This bald skin fade on the sides provides the solution to looking cool every day. A high shaved side like this allows for more contrast and freshness.

Quiff with Bald Fade
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#25: Quiff with Bald Fade

The bald fade quiff is a clean, classic cut that requires low-maintenance styling.

What’s the best thing about this cut is its versatility. You can combine and upgrade this bald fade to get a generally versatile look that goes well with any style you want aside from the quiff. Just choose between a comb-over or any high top.

Bald Cut Fade with Waves
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#26: Bald Cut Fade with Waves

This is a minimalist bald cut fade to combine with a natural waved top. It accentuates and cleans your look for a dapper finish.

Bald Fade with Curls
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#27: Bald Fade with Curls

Men who have curls can rock fades like this one. The contrast of a totally clean side and a textured long top definitely grabs the attention of everyone. This bald fade with curls is a unique and standout style that suits men with lengthy hair on top more.

Slicked Back Bald Fade for Men
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#28: Slicked Back Bald Fade

Slicked back bald fade cuts like this creates a sharp and clean finish to brushed back hair. You can have a surgical line added for added contrast or not, like the picture above. Fades are easy to maintain but keeping the length is the important part.

Low Bald Fade on Short Hair
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#29: Low Bald Fade with Pompadour

The short pompadour with the low bald fade haircut is timeless and diverse that can accomplish multiple looks. The best aspect of a fade that’s bald is its diversity. Whether you’re the CEO of a large company or the next Dr. Dre, this cut looks clean, sleek, mature, and complex while keeping it stylish, modern, and edgy. All that being said, bald fades are not necessarily for everyone.

For instance, for men with a rounder face and head, I would suggest getting a low bald fade with length on top due to the transition ending in a longer length. This creates a square look transitioning from the ear to the parietal ridge, ultimately creating a straight vertical line rather than taking the shape of the head. Belcourt found that a longer pompadour and a straight blade “hard part” look very sharp.

Bald Fade with Line
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#30: Medium Bald Fade with Part

This is a medium bald fade with a part. I went off the natural texture of his hair, starting the bald blend low and gradually fading into a #2 or 1/4 inch into the side with the part. I did a shear work on top (point cutting technique), then finished it with straight razor work on the line-up, the hard part, and the neckline. Considering it’s such a tight fade, it must also be kept looking fresh. I recommend getting it cut every 2 weeks to maintain the best results.

Also, the rounder the head shape or the thicker the hair texture, you can take the fade to blend a little higher on the sides. On the other hand, the slimmer the head shape or, the thinner the hair texture, you should leave the fade lower and slightly over the ears (the bald part).

Bald Fade Faux Hawk for Men
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#31: Bald Fade Faux Hawk

The bald fade faux hawk perfectly blends the skin-to-hair transition. The smooth skin faded into limitless possibilities for the top of the head. The greatest thing about the skin fade haircut is that it can be paired with any style on the top, including a combover, buzzcut, textured crop, and spikes.

This style requires consistent maintenance for an average of 2 weeks to keep the hair looking crispy and fresh. Be prepared to see your barber often. Find one that you can have a long-term relationship with. Usually, fades require frequent cuts to maintain the proper length.

Bald Fade Buzz Cut
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#32: Bald Fade Buzz Cut

This men’s bald fade haircut with a buzz cut is urban but classic. The coolest thing about a very short fade is the transition from short to long. The first thing I would look for is to see if they have any scars or lesions on their scalp. This cut is perfect for a guy who is thinning on top. It brings out the hair and makes it looks less thin on top. I think fades are great styles for most guys.